How To Arrange Spring Florals Like A Dutch Painting

a-colorful-spring-floral-arrangement-inspired-by-dutch-paintings-floral-tutorial-on-coco-kelleyDo you remember the potluck dinner parties our parents’ and grandparents’ used to throw? Mom or Grandma would get a bundle of grocery store flowers (mums or carnations, anyone?!?) and plop them in a big pitcher or some random family heirloom vase. A giant stack of plates would get posted on the end of the banquet and that was that.

Well, we thought it’d be fun to take a little inspiration from classic Dutch paintings and make a non-traditional, traditional floral arrangement to go with our modern take on the family buffet. Everything old is new!

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A Taste of Spring

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Join Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS), a nonprofit devoted to preservation and stewardship of land in Princeton, for “A Taste of Spring,” a benefit event at a private home in Princeton, New Jersey. The event includes a tour of a private garden landscaped with native plants, and a presentation about sustainable gardening from guest speaker, Holly Grace Nelson, Landscape Architect, to take place in a casual barn setting. In addition, FOPOS Natural Resource Manager, Jeff Geist, will speak about the current project to restore native plants and trees at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve, and lead a walk there afterward.

Wine, craft beer and light hors d’oeuvres will be served at the barn. $25 FOPOS Members/$50 Non-Members.*

RSVP by May 14th online at fopos.org, or mail a check made payable to Friends of Princeton Open Space, 57 Mountain Avenue, Princeton New Jersey, 08540, by May 14, 2018. 

Confirmed guests will receive location and parking information for the private home/garden. For questions about the event, please email info@fopos.org or call 609.921.2772. Funds raised will support the organization’s work to preserve, protect and steward land in Princeton. Rain date for this event is Sunday, May 20, 2018.

*Individual membership to Friends of Princeton Open Space is available from $25. If you would like to join in advance of the event, please visit fopos.org or send your check for membership along with the event fee.

CURE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION LAUNCHES “THINK PINK” TEXT-TO-DONATE CAMPAIGN FOR MOTHER’S DAY 2018

Mother's Day Text to DonateThe Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is providing yet another easy way to Think Pink this Mother’s Day with the launch of a text-to-donate campaign that will raise important funds and advance innovative research that could dramatically change the treatment for breast cancer in the years to come.

Starting on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, CBCF will accept mobile donations in a “Text for a Cure” initiative throughout Mother’s Day weekend.  To participate in the campaign and donate via phone, simply text the code: DONATE to (973) 828-0883 and follow the link to indicate the amount you’d like to contribute to the Clifton, N.J.-based not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charity.

All monies raised during the weekend will support trailblazing breast cancer research being conducted under the direction of noted oncologist, Dr. Larry Norton, at the world-renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and other national and international research facilities.   Since its inception in December 2007, CBCF has raised over $7 million for breast cancer research, which has been devoted entirely to Dr. Larry Norton’s and his colleagues’ research on the growth and spreading of breast cancer cells known as the Self-Seeding Theory. This research focuses on improving the understanding of not only breast cancer, but also other cancers.

Donors can also visit www.501auctions.com/cbcf to dedicate fund to support CBCF efforts.

For more information on the CBCF, please call (973) 471-CBCF (2223) or visit http://curebreastcancerfoundation.org.

Cure Breast Cancer Foundation

The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) is a Clifton, N.J. – based not-for-profit 501(c) 3 charity devoted to fund research on the growth and spreading of breast cancer cells, also known as the Self-Seeding Theory, at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan and other national and international cancer research facilities under the direction of Dr. Larry Norton, who serves as the Foundation’s Scientific Advisor.  The founder and president is Carly Abramson.  Her father, Andrew Abramson, is Treasurer.  For more information, call (973) 471-CBCF (2223), e-mail info@curebreastcancerfoundation.org or visit www.curebreastcancerfoundation.org.

12 Ways to Ease into Spring Wellness

unspecified-15-682x1024by Stefani Ellenbecker –  Spring is upon is in a big way, and naturally, with the change of seasons, we are all looking to spruce up our body, mind, home and heart. Sometimes it’s not about the big changes but more about the little ways we can implement wellness into our everyday lifestyle that really makes the long-lasting difference. I asked several W&D contributors how they plan to get into a wellness groove this April and they shared a few simple ways they are clearing out their head space, exercising more, eating healthier and getting outdoors to grab some fresh air. We hope this post motivates you and gives a few pointers on how to improve your health this spring. We would love to hear in the comments below what your wellness plans are as the weather warms up!

Bridget Borden, Studio 125 Manager: “I’m trying to incorporate wellness into my daily routine – I drink a mix of hot water, apple cider vinegar and lemon in the morning, matcha green tea throughout the day and hot water with Reishi in the evenings.  Also, I love my barre classes and am full into any challenges they offer.”

Colleen Eversman of  2ndTruth: “I’ve been going to The Firm and spinning at least twice a week + going to yoga in-between. I’ve also been trying to eat less bread and dairy (I did the Whole 30 and discovered that bread and dairy make me super bloated). Drinking at least my body weight in ounces of water – it turns out, staying well hydrated helps my skin not freak out. And, being outside with Ellie (my pup) to run her for at least 30 mins a day. It’s great for her health and surprisingly restoring for me to be outside.”  FULL ARTICLE

5 SPRING TRENDS TO SPRUCE UP YOUR SPACE

Designer-approved trends inspired by the season.

BY Since launching her eponymous interiors firm in 2007, New York-based designer Young Huh has specialized in turning houses into homes, one room at a time. When it comes to her own spaces, she’s all about a seasonal refresh with of-the-moment decorative accessories and unexpected finishes. These small changes can make a world of a difference for waking up a tired space. Ready for a renewal yourself? Use Huh’s creative ideas on upgrades for spring.

shot-03-hero-080r-15221769371. Refresh Your Room’s Energy

Pale blues and serene greens can really change the mood of a space. No need to break out the paintbrush or buy a new sofa to get those peaceful, chill Spring vibes. Instead, focus on layering colored accents into your existing decor—adding a blue frame or candle on a living room console, placing a porcelain glass vase full of fresh flowers artfully on a mantel, and showcasing crystal topped containers can all enhance your room’s positive energy.

From left: Jamie Young lamp, $313, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (small), $38, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (large), $62, bloomingdales.com; Sparrow & Wren x Kassatex jar (medium), $50, bloomingdales.com; Christofle tray, $390, bloomingdales.com; Vietri vase, $239, bloomingdales.com; Voluspa candle, $30, bloomingdales.com; Kendra Scott picture frame, $195, bloomingdales.com; Jamie Young lamp, $338, bloomingdales.com

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Student Playwrights Festival

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Friday, April 20th at Theatre Intime located at Princeton University

Every year, Theatre Intime hosts the Student Playwrights Festival, a full production of original one-act plays written by Princeton students! This year, Intime is returning SPF to its two-weekend format, affirming its dedication to honoring and showcasing the brilliance of our student writers.

Our performances will exhibit the familiar in a new light — from biblical stories to the suburban American ideal to what it means to be a performer. We invite you to discover the absurd, the hysterical and the uncomfortable through our three selections:

“A Place for Dust & Flies” by Aidan Gray ’18
“Orsen” by Richard Peng ’20
“Ribs” by Hannah Wang ’21

Theatre Intime is proud to be the creative platform for these works and excited to bring these stories to life!

$8 for students
$10 for faculty, staff, and seniors
$12 for general public
FREE with student events eligibility
Available at the Frist Box Office, 609-258-9220, or at tickets.princeton.edu in advance
Available at the Theatre Intime box office before each performance

4 FOOLPROOF WAYS TO FIT DECLUTTERING INTO YOUR SCHEDULE TODAY

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Decluttering isn’t always on everyone’s list for spring cleaning — it’s not really a cleaning task is it? But if your main goal is feeling like your home is refreshed and renewed, then taking some time to purge and organize is certainly a step in the right direction.

I’m afraid to tell you that there’s no single magic trick that will work for every space and every person who wants to achieve a lifestyle that’s a little lighter on stuff. The best way to do it is just to do it. Get started. Declutter one area of your home today.

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Richard Thompson in Concert

29366144_10156296600484743_4241326079820817210_nRichard Thompson performs at McCarter Theatre on Friday, April 6th at 8 PM
With Special Guests Joan Shelley & Nathan Salsburg

“The finest rock songwriter after Dylan and the best electric guitarist since Hendrix.” – Los Angeles Times

Named by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic – from the Americana Music Association in Nashville to Britain’s BBC Awards. Thompson’s genre defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar along with dizzying energy and onstage wit continue to earn Richard Thompson massive new fans and a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in Folk Rock history.

Venue
Matthews Theatre

Fun Easter Decorating Ideas

1866709_originalHello everyone! How are you all doing today? Yesterday I decided to get out and start getting everything ready for Easter.

The best part of Easter at our home is the egg hunting. I might have more fun with that than the kids!  I really enjoy decorating our home for this time of the year but I like uncomplicated and easy Easter decorating ideas. I’m not sure about you, but I invest so much time and effort to decorate our home during Christmas that I don’t want to spend too much time and money with Easter decorations.

Like any kind of decor, I like to buy reusable things so I can collect them over the years. I also like to mix the reusable pieces with fresh flowers and plants to add more color and a more natural feel to the decor.

Take a look at these Easter Decorating Ideas. You’ll see that most of them are easy to do and they really won’t take much of your time.

I hope these Easter Decorating Ideas can inspire you to have an even more special Easter this year!

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